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Simon  Barer

Simon Barer

Simon  Barer

*1 IX 1896 Odessa, †2 IV 1951 Nowy Jork

Simon Barer began studying the piano in the Music Academy in Odessa and then in 1912 with Anna Jesipowa in Petersburg and from 1914 with Feliks Blumenfeld in Kiev. His international career began after his concerts in London in 1934. In 1936 he made his debut in USA and in 1939 he decided to move there for good, but he did not achieve success there. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage during a concert in Carnegie Hall, performing Grieg's Piano Concert in A minor.

After his death for many years he remained unknown to wide audience. The situation changed in 1990 after the publication of five CD recordings, released by the English recording company Appian Publications & Recordings. These recordings showed Barer as a great pianist of outstanding technique - famous for his inclination for fast tempos and dexterity of fingers. Barer's playing can be compared to the style of Rachmaninov and Horowitz.

Barer recorded such Chopin's pieces as: Andante spianato and Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22, Ballade in g minor, Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2, Fantasy in F minor, Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 (two recordings)m etudes Op. 10 No. 4, 5 and 8, Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 29, Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39.


 

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